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Silver Lake College Awards Largest Number of Graduate Kodály Certificates in Program History

Posted on August 01 2013

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family recently celebrated its 40th year of Kodály Summer Music Programs, with students participating in a three-week intensive program each of the last forty summers. Music educators from across the country as well as international students come to Silver Lake College seeking either a graduate Certificate in the Kodály method, or a Master of Music Degree with emphasis in the Kodály method, or taking courses for professional development. On July 3rd, fifteen Kodály Certificates were awarded to students who completed the required eighteen graduate credits, the largest graduating class in program history. July 2013 graduates were Amie Beeman of Odenton, Maryland; Audrie Burk of Naperville, Illinois; Rebeckah Cavanaugh of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin; Cheryl Coisman of New Franken, Wisconsin; Naomi Fritz of Watertown, Wisconsin; Melanie Gritters of Lakewood, New York; Gail Grundstrom of Jamestown, New York; Amy Kilpatrick of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Robert Kramer of Greenville, Wisconsin; Len Langrick of Baltimore, Maryland; Kari Longmire of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Amy Redeker of Waupun, Wisconsin; Carol Swinchoski of West Belmar, New Jersey; Sister Martina VanVu of Houston, Texas; and Jennifer Zimmerman of Dubuque, Iowa.

Program Director Sister Lorna Zemke is widely recognized as a leading authority in the Kodály method, which was developed in the mid-twentieth century by Hungarian music educator Dr. Zoltán Kodály, and is now used around the world. Sr. Lorna’s introduction to the Kodály method in the early 1970s was transformative for her. “I began teaching and realized that I really did not have the tools to teach an effective music class, even though I had a Bachelor of Music Education degree.” After completing her master’s degree at the University of Southern California, she spent six months in Hungary gathering source material for her doctoral dissertation, which was the first study on the Kodály method ever written in English. 42 years later, she is still teaching and speaking to national and international audiences about music education. Sister Lorna shares, "I feel a responsibility to share what has been given to me, and to hopefully improve music teaching."

In May 2013 four Master of Music Degrees were conferred at the Spring Commencement Ceremony; to Catherine Anne Briggs of Boca Raton, Florida; Elaine Ding of Jakarta, Indonesia; Sandra J. Eithun of New London, Wisconsin; Lauran J. Kuplic of Heidelberg, Germany; and Heather M. Langer of Crivitz, Wisconsin.

Summer 2013 Kodály Certificate Graduates: Back row (L-R): Jennifer Zimmerman, Kari Longmire, Len Langrick, Melanie Gritters, Rebeckah Cavanaugh, Amy Redeker, Amie Beeman, Robert Kramer. Front row (L-R): Sister Martina VanVu, Carol Swinchoski, Audrie Burk, Sister Lorna Zemke, Cheryl Coisman, Amy Kilpatrick, Naomi Fritz, Gail Grundstrom.